What To Lubricate The Fork Travel Indicator O-Ring

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7/12/2018 9:41 PM

So I Went ahead and installed and overhang on my right leg slider to kind of monitor the travel my fortes will be using going forward now that I’ve change the oil, serviced and cleaned them.

The o-ring itself seems kind of dry and could create some friction when running up and down on the slider and I want to make sure it doesn’t impede the fork travel even though it will be very minuscule but moreover so it doesn’t tear the O ring itself I’m not sure if bearing grease with Moly would be a good idea or Using a dropper with the fork oil i used (Maxima 5wt) or would that dry out the o-ring?

I’m just looking for suggestions from people who may know what would be a good lubrication to use on the O-ring I’ve attached a picture of what I’m talking about but I think you guys pretty savvy and get the point.


7/12/2018 9:43 PM


7/12/2018 9:49 PM

Just leave it dry


7/13/2018 3:04 AM

impede the travel......really


7/13/2018 6:47 AM

leave it alone. Go with a thinner oring next time.


7/13/2018 6:56 AM

Impede travel made me lol. Grab a thinner o-ring next time and some fork oil won't hurt anything if you're really concerned, or just ride harder and you'll find out where your travel ends when you hit the stop.


7/13/2018 7:09 AM

Use a ZIP-TY instead.

Paw Paw


7/13/2018 7:20 AM

Looks like it's a pretty gnarly oring for that job and it is probably hanging up more than a thinner one. If you lube it with any type of grease then crap is going to stick to it.


7/13/2018 8:15 AM

You just want to use it to see how far it goes down. I would slide it about 3 inches from the bottom and let it ride. It's not like it's sliding up and down with the fork.


Take it to the limit, one more time!

7/13/2018 8:53 AM

If you are dead set on treating the seal, not a moly containing grease. You don't want solids because they can wear the seal material.


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7/13/2018 9:46 AM

I didnt really mean impede the travel ...sorry that was a strong word it was just hanging up a bit. I went ahead and got it wet with a little fork oil, not much but just enough that it moves a lot easier. Its not that big of an o-ring as the picture makes it seem, it has a little ridge on it that was originally on the outside and rolled its way to the inside. All is fine now.


7/13/2018 3:58 PM

I lube the same type of o-ring on my mountain bike with a quick shot of silicone lubricant.


Braaapin' aint easy.

7/13/2018 4:07 PM

Any lubricant you place on that oring will only hold dirt. Do the zipty thing and you will like it much better. I have used this method for a few decades now with no issues at all. I use it on every bike I have or have had.

Paw Paw